St. James nipped in OT in their OFSAA hoops opener

SAULT STE. MARIE – The St. James Lions opened the OFSAA provincial high school AA boys’ basketball championship tournament with a 55-50 loss in overtime to the Timmins Blues Monday.

St. James rallied from a slow start to tie the score by the end of regulation time, but couldn’t pull out the win in extra time. The Lions were down 14-4 after four minutes and trailed 16-7 at the end of the first quarter, 20-17 at halftime and 36-28 after the third quarter before battling back in the fourth quarter to send it to overtime tied 45-45.

Alex Durigon was the leading scorer for the Lions, but his point total was not reported.

With the loss, the 10th-ranked Lions move on to play the fifth-ranked St. Francis Phoenix of St. Catharines Tuesday at 2:30 p.m.

Win or lose that game, the Lions will play again Tuesday at 8 p.m. If they beat St. Francis, they’ll play in the championship round quarter-finals and if they lose they’ll be in the consolation round quarter-finals.

  • Guelph Sports Journal